Archive for May, 2014



Open the treasure chest to find your ideal booty – wave good bye to the Whisky Clans with two brilliantly priced Clan Cask End Parcels and say hello to 3 brand new bottlings for June. Be transported by magic carpet to an exotic land of evocative flavours: caramel wafers with barbecued meats in an ‘Autumnal fairground dram’ or fresh apples and herbs ‘Like summer’. Whether you love battling for your rare Clan Parcel or conjuring up seasons past, make sure you get one of these treasures in your chest…

Old & dignified

39.96 The Sultan’s Treasure Chest
The Panel were transported by magic carpet to an exotic land. It was like opening a old cedar treasure chest filled with aromas…
Age: 29
Cask: Refill ex-bourbon hogshead

BUY £131.10

Lightly peated

66.48 Autumn fairground dram
The nose delivered clean, mild smoke, then woody autumnal notes of coppiced hazel, beech-mast and bonfires. There was peat-smoke on the palate too – but it was also surprisingly sweet…
Age: 11
Outturn: 218
Cask: Refill ex-bourbon barrel

BUY £45.00

Spicy & sweet

G7.6 Like summer
The nose began with fresh, airy notes of apple, glue, and pine (‘a herb garden near a forest’) but like the first drops of summer rain, lumps of sweetness landed…
Age: 21
Cask: Refill ex-bourbon barrel

BUY £69.80

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

Echlinville Distillery First Licensed Irish Whiskey Distillery in Northern Ireland in over 125 years – Irish Whiskey News


A note from the folks at Echlinville Distillery;

Echlinville Distillery is the first licensed Irish whiskey distillery in Northern Ireland in over 125 years. The distillery is set in the magnificent grounds of the Echlinville Estate located within the Ards Peninsula. We are blessed with perfect surroundings & a unique micro climate, making the location perfect for whiskey production.

Our current range of maturing stock will allow us in time to release Pot Still & Malt Irish Whiskeys from August 2016. In the meantime we are lovingly taking care of the barrels we have filled with the finest distillate casked between 63.5% & 70% abv.
 To celebrate the founding of the Echlinville Distillery, we present you with the Patron’s Promise, an inaugural distillation of only 144 casks of the finest Irish Whiskey.

Selectively available to collectors and connoisseurs, each cask of this strictly limited edition distillation will be individually and expertly matured by our distilling team, creating a Single Malt or Pot Still Irish Whiskey uniquely tailored to your individual taste.

To mark this momentous occasion, all purchasers will be cited as distillery ‘Patrons’ & will appear on a commemorative celebratory wall for evermore.
Please find attached a list of current cask options and pricing with more options to become available soon. In order to find out more details please contact Echlinville Distillery at:

*For full terms and conditions please visit*

Echlinville Spread Sheet

Maltstock May 2014 Newsletter – Whisky News


The Relaxed Whisky Weekend
5 – 7 September 2014

Helllloooooo very relaxed whisky lovers,


Like mentioned in the previous newsletter, Maltstock has E-Tickets now. We will make sure that people who ordered their tickets in the old shop or at Maltstock 2013 will receive a ticket in their mailbox as well. Probably this will happen in June.

Privacy at Maltstock? YES WE CAN!:

As you all know part of the fun is sleeping at the dorms. But we also received some request from people who would love to come, but don’t want to stay at the dorms. The nearest hotel however is a good 4 kilometers away. But this year we have a solution for all those people! Your own private cabin. Yes, privacy at Maltstock!

Your own private cabin at Maltstock 2014, how very relaxed!
The Cabins Camp consists of several wooden cabins and can be rented by a minimum of 2 people per cabin.
The Cabins Camp consists of; 7 wooden cabins, each with 2 bunk beds. Sanitary facilities you can find in the sanitary cabin
The Cabins Camp is right at the Maltstock Venue.
Only 30,- per person with a minimum of 60,- per cabin.For the whole weekend. So when you and your friends, wife or girlfriend would like to have more privacy. The Maltstock Cabin Camp is for you!
When you order a 4 persons cabin with 2 persons, it will cost you 60 euros and the other 2 beds will remain empty. Just to be clear that a cabin only will be shared with the ones you have orderd it with.

First order your Maltstock ticket, then email us at if you are interested in a cabin.

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Introduction of the new members:

– Hi we are Stan(ley) and Annette de Goeij, we love Maltstock and are looking forward to it every year! Sharing a weekend with people sharing the same passion and “gezelligheid”. Awesome idea! We are members of the Whisky club in Nijmegen and because a couple of members of the Maltstock organization quite last year. Teun and Bob asked us to assemble a new organizational team. Of course challenging and an enormous amounts of fun!

The first name we thought of was Klaas. Klaas, with his gezelligheid and smooth communicational skills has made many hearts beat faster. Especially the Islay woman are very fond of him. After Klaas said “Yes”, we asked Jeroen for his technical and PR skills. We were hoping that he could make time for Maltstock next to his ITF-Taekwondo tournaments. To our pleasure he choose to quit the tournament lifestyle and choose for Maltstock.
We will do our very best to make Maltstock 2014 as relaxed as possible for you. We hope to see you and let’s drink a dram together in September!

Stan Annette

Maltstock promo tour:

Thanks everyone for spotting, photographing, sharing and tagging our Maltstock promo car. We had a very relaxed time at the spirit of Speyside festival. See you next year!!

Spot us at the Dramboree in July:
Dramboree – 4\5\6\July 

Annette, Bob, Jeroen, Klaas and Teun

New & Limited Whiskies From GlenGlassaugh at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Fyne Whiskies gives you the first chance to purchase the highly anticipated new limited editions from GlenGlassaugh. Both expressions have been finished in wine casks sourced from the famous Massandra Winery in Crimea. 

GlenGlassaugh Massandra Sherry Finish 1973 41YO
Dried pineapple, banana and golden sultanas warmed by hints of stem ginger and white pepper spice. Candied peel notes soften to a unique sweet oak character.
A fresh crisp lime zest flows over green apple and pear. Hints of tantalising ripe tropical fruits emerge in the mid palate and combine with delicate cigar box spices and a gentle oiliness, bringing great depth to the long exclusive vintage.

A fantastically vibrant expression for a malt of this vintage, giving a diverse combination of classic fruit and spiced flavours.

Simply click here to buy – £600

GlenGlassaugh Massandra Madeira Finish / 1978 / 35YO
Rounded, creamy notes of cantaloupe melon open to beautiful depths of gentle sweet oak. Waves of a subtle sea air, coastal note balances the rich ripe fruit character.

A fantastic contrast of luscious ripe melon and sharp sour plums softens to boiled sweets and dried apricots with the smallest hint of ripped mint in the background. A gentle dry oak note sweetens to a dusting of icing sugar on the palate giving yet another dimension to the ever changing finish.

Layer upon layer of subtle fruit characters come together with delicate aged oak to give a delicious range of flavours in the unique Glenglassaugh style
only 1320 bottles ever produced.
Bottled at 41.7% cask strength Massandra Madeira Puncheon

Simply click here to buy – £370

Top Picks at K&L California – Whisky News


  • Kavalan King Car Conductor Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($109.99)
    After so much time spent merely reading about the great single malt whiskies from Taiwan’s Kavalan distillery, we can finally get our hands on them here in the states! The first release from Kavalan back in 2008 was their classic King Car Conductor expression that uses ex-sherry, ex-Bourbon, and ex-wine casks of between four and four and a half years of age for the marriage. It’s this whisky that I suggest those who are looking to try out one selection from the Kavalan portfolio begin with. The first thing that strikes you as you taste it is how un-youthful it is. It might as well be a 12 year old malt from the Scottish Highlands, but with an incredible supple-fruited character. It tastes like well-made, mature, Scottish single malt with extra concentration. It’s new and exciting, yet familiar and easy-to-place. There’s a soft, supple, raisined fruit and sweet sherry flavor right on the entry and a long, rich finish that continues to bring tof fee and caramel for minutes. It’s the humid conditions of Kavalan’s warehouse that allows the maturation to take place much faster — and while I’m normally skeptical of such accusations, the proof is in the pudding here. This is real deal whisky from the next big thing. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)
  • 1996 Arran 17 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($109.99)
    While peat ruled the day in 2009, the current whisky craze is all about sherry — that special wine from Spain whose barrels are used to mature numerous Scottish single malts. Macallan is known for its Oloroso sherry influence, and we’ve had a number of Glendronach casks aged in Pedro Ximenez. That rich, unctuous character is what whisky fans are after right now, which has lead to an increase in pricing on these expressions. While we continue to supply the household names, we’re also keeping a watchful eye on the independents like Arran distillery — an island producer with a penchant for using sherry maturation in some of their higher marks. We recently found a lovely little hogshead recoopered from fresh sherry wood that had spent 17 years in the Arran cellar. At 56.1%, the aromas drift right out of the bottle into a bouquet of raisined fruit and buttery toffee. The palate is surprisingly dry, however, with all the nuances of European oak making the ir way through layers of almond and sandlewood. There’s a bit of earthy rancio on the finish, as more fresh sherry flavor beings to saturate the dry, woody aftertaste. Water really brings out the fruit and opens up a bit of the sweetness. Similarly mature whiskies from Glendronach and Macallan sell for $150 to $200, so at $109.99 we’re pretty happy with the result; especially at cask strength. This one isn’t nearly as sweet as the some of the other sherry bombs we’ve had, and that’s quite nice for a change. (David Driscoll)
  • 2002 Bowmore 12 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Hogshead Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Pre-Arrival) ($74.99)
    Bowmore is ALWAYS such a sleeper for us. Each year, we find a cask or two of Bowmore that we absolutely fall in love with. There are so many reasons why Bowmore is special, it’s hard to pinpoint why exactly we love it so much. Is it because they are malting more than 25% of the barley on site? Or perhaps it’s the fact that the distillery’s main warehouse sits below sea level. Maybe it’s the incredible resources and expertise that the distillery has or the peculiarity of the stills. Either way, we are absolutely entranced by most millennial Bowmore. This 2002 was so taught and powerful at full strength that we decided to experiment with bottling at lower proof. When we added water the whisky turned around and smacked us right in the face! What started as a sharp spear of smoky and peat seamed more like a catapult with a flaming ordinance. Not as bracing or angular, the lower proof actually broadens the whisky considerably. It’s smoked seawa ter, strange spices, and wisps of wild dried fruits. Bowmore deserves to be expensive, but this whisky delivers far beyond its price point. Inevitably it will go unnoticed, until you know, someone notices and buys it all. It’s always the same with Bowmore, so get a head of it. (David Girard, K&L Spirits Buyer)
  • 1992 Bruichladdich 21/22 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Pre-Arrival) ($139.99)
    Now that Bruichladdich has been purchased by Remy and the older stocks have become harder to find, we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bottle a 20+ year old hogshead of the unpeated Islay distillery — especially for a price this hot! At 53% cask strength the malt is bold enough to offer a bit of a kick, yet reduced enough to allow the more delicate side of the whisky to shine. The salty, supple notes are apparent right on the initial sip, bringing back memories of Bruichladdich’s “Waves” expression, albeit with much more complexity and age. The stonefruits are soft and enticing, with more saline, maritime notes undulated under “waves” of richness and oily textures. If you were ever a fan of Bruichladdich from the old Susan Purnell days here at K&L, then this whisky is like a nostalgic ride down memory lane. This is the flavor that many a K&L customer cut their teeth upon, and at the price we’re selling it for, it’s not all that much more than it cost back then. For all the whiskies we taste in Scotland each year, this is the flavor profile I’ve found most difficult to duplicate — mature Island whisky without smoke. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)
  • 1983 Caol Ila 30 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Pre-Arrival) ($259.99)
    We just can’t stay away from these old Caol Ilas. Maybe it’s because they’re the last old Islays available, but we keep coming across these casks of Caol Ila that are just on fire. Caol Ila (arguably the most unsung Islay distillery) was spared closure in 1983, while its sister distillery Port Ellen was not so lucky. Caol Ila reliably churned out whisky throughout the 80’s whisky slump to provide a smoky base to the big name blends. While collectors the world over search for the final few bottles of Port Ellen left out there, few realize that if they just expanded their horizons slightly, they’ll find equally wonderful old Islay whisky is still available and I might even call it affordable. This spectacular cask from the Signatory warehouses is strickingly different from the 32 year we released last year. Here, we have much less focus on the exotic wood, earth and funk and much more classic Islay in every sense. We can go down the list and describe the expected and clearly evident flavores, smoke, ash, brine, lemon peel, oyster shell, nuts, it’s all there. It takes a slightly herbal turn on the finish with powerful core, but remains above all other things balanced. Of course, that doesn’t tell you anything about how special this whisky actually is. All I can say is that Caol Ila is one of our favorite distilleries and this malt is exactly why.
  • 1998 Laphroaig 15 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Pre-Arrival) ($159.99)
    Des McCagherty is a man of few words, but when he said to us, “You might want to load up on Laphroaig this year,” we listened. Apparently, this is one of the most difficult and costly distillates to purchase on the independent market and stocks are depleting faster than ever from Signatory’s Pitlochry warehouse. A yearly barrel of two of Laphroaig at K&L has become commonplace since we started our barrel program and we don’t want that to change — at least not while we can help it. That’s why we snagged this 16 year old sherry butt of peaty goodness, full of big smoke, cinnamon, tar, and brine, but rounded out by a rich, sherry-laden note that fans of Laphroaig’s PX edition will recognize. That combination of sweet and peat is one of the most popular flavor profiles on the market right now, which always adds a few dollars to the cost. In this case, it’s fully worth it. The sherry adds the perfect raisiny balance to the bold, ashy flavors of the 61% spirit. If you’ve already loaded your cabinet with numerous, collectable bottles from Islay’s iconic distillery, then I won’t say that this bottle will offer anything new to your selection. However, if you’ve been taking mature, full proof, relatively-affordable, single barrel expressions of Laphroaig for granted, you might want to start thinking about snagging a few of these. That’s what we did, at least. (David Driscoll, Spirits Buyer)

K&L Wine Merchants
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
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Evan Williams Kentucky Slush


Evan Williams Introduces the Coolest Way for Bourbon Drinkers to Refresh Their Summer 

LOUISVILLE, KY—Heaven Hill Distilleries, producers of Evan Williams, are giving Bourbon lovers in select markets a new way to chill out this summer—Evan Williams Kentucky Slush.  The only Bourbon-based pre-mixed cocktail, Evan Williams Kentucky Slush is made with real Evan Williams Bourbon and the natural flavors of Lemonade, Orange Juice, and Sweet Tea, and can be frozen, poured or blended.  It is best served frozen in the bottle or any personal container, blended with ice for an instant frozen Bourbon Slush, or simply poured straight on the rocks. 

As the Bourbon category grows year after year, now surpassing 16 million cases in the US and topping the $1 billion mark in exports for the first time, traditional seasonal trends, whereby consumers trade in their whiskeys for “white goods”—Gin and Vodka—during the summer months, have largely gone by the wayside. In fact, share of Bourbon consumption is now as high in July and August as January and February.  Given this trend, and given the dynamic growth of Evan Williams Bourbon, named both an Impact “Hot Brand” and a Beverage Information Group “Growth Brand” this year, Heaven Hill is test marketing Evan Williams Kentucky Slush in 11 markets this summer. Test markets will include Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. 

Evan Williams Kentucky Slush will be shipping mid to late May, and is to be available in market at off-premise accounts from June until August in a 1.75 liter PET bottle suitable for storage in the freezer.  Strongly branded with the Evan Williams logo and graphic theme, Evan Williams Kentucky Slush is intended to be merchandised and displayed within the Bourbon aisle using the POS materials made available, either on the shelf or as part of an impactful floor display.  All marketing materials, from case cards to posters and bottle neckers, use the tagline “For Seriously Refreshing Bourbon…Just Chill.”  Evan Williams Kentucky Slush is bottled at 25 proof or 12.5% alc./vol, which is a higher proof than other similar slush-type products, with an average national suggested retail price for the 1.75 liter bottle of $14.99. 

“As the Evan Williams brand franchise grows, we have identified additional usage opportunities, and one of these is clearly to expand Bourbon as a refresher during the hot summer months,” said Susan Wahl, Senior Brand manager, Whiskeys, at Heaven Hill.  “We know through both research and anecdotal evidence that many of our newer Evan Williams consumers look for different, more refreshing ways to drink Bourbon in the summer, whether at backyard cookouts, at the lake, or other summer gatherings.  We feel that we have a great taste profile, and with the flexibility to freeze it straight in the bottle, blend it with ice, or simply pour it on the rocks, we look for great results in our 11 test markets.”    

Founded in 1934, Bardstown,KY-based Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. ( is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams Bourbon; Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; HPNOTIQ Liqueur; The Christian Brothers Brandies; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Lunazul Tequila; Cinerator Hot Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey and Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey.  Heaven Hill reminds you to “Think Wisely. Drink Wisely.”

A DRAM (Macallan, Highland Park, Laphroaig & Ardmore) FOR ALL DADS – Scotch Whisky News

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If you’re looking for the perfect gift this Father’s Day, then look no further than our handpicked selection of award-winning single malt whisky… 

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The Macallan Gold

Why not treat your Dad to a bottle of The Macallan Gold, the first expression in the innovative 1824 Series, which showcases this single malt’s natural colour and is matured in 100% sherry seasoned oak casks. The Macallan Gold has notes of vanilla followed by dark chocolate, with lingering floral and light oak notes. The Macallan Gold is available in multiple retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons (RRP £35.99).  


Highland Park 12 Year Old 

Highland Park 12 Year Old is the perfect gift for Dad’s who are fans of flavour. This single malt whisky boasts a honey sweetness, followed by fruity notes with a hint of gentle smoke and a flavour that just keeps on delivering. Highland Park 12 Year Old is available at multiple retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Co-op (RRP £34.04). 

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Laphroaig 10 Year Old 

The classic 10 Year Old Laphroaig offers a bold smoky taste followed by a hint of seaweed and a surprising sweetness. This is the foundation of the iconic Laphroaig range and makes the perfect Father’s Day gift for fans of the unique peaty character offered in any of Laphroaig’s signature expressions. Laphroaig 10 Year Old is available in all major multiples including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda (RRP £35.10). 

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Ardmore Traditional Cask 

Ardmore Traditional Cask is the perfect whisky for a Dad who appreciates time honoured craftsmanship. Ardmore has continued to adhere to their traditional ways of distilling since 1898, when the distillery was first founded. This single malt whisky offers a full and rich taste, with unique and rare highland peat-smoke tones, followed by a smooth, subtle sweetness. Ardmore Traditional Cask is available in selected major multiples including Asda and all good whisky shops (RRP £32).

The Whisky Shop Dufftown Newsletter – Scotch Whisky News


A quick note from Mike at the Whisky Shop Dufftown;

Here is a link to our latest Newsletter. There’s a look back at Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2014 and the latest on our programme of events for The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival 2014. We hope to have tickets on sale from 2 June 2014 at 8:00 pm.

I hope you enjoy it.

Many Thanks


The Vault – Rare or Discontinued Whiskies At Wm. Cadenhead’s – Scotch Whisky News


The vault is a select range of whiskies that have become very rare or discontinued from both our own ranges and commercial stocks, with as few as 1-2 bottles available for some whiskies once they have gone then they have truly gone!

We will be adding some exclusive releases to the site over the coming months. Kicking the 2014 selection off is the Clynelish 24 year old single cask, next month we have a Miltonduff reaching its 20th year in the cask we will be bottling it towards the middle or latter part of the month, the new labels will be White and Burgundy with exclusive to London printed on the side of the Label.

Longrow 18 is changing this year, gone is the old Purple box and buff label for the much cleaner white label and open fronted box, this will of course lead to a run on the old Purple box ranges so get in quickly before they all go to the collectors.

The new Longrow 18 is a much more scarce beast this year with only a few cases, given it’s the first of the new design we expect demand to be high for this product when it arrives this week.

Clynelish Distillery 1990 24 Year Old Special Bottling - 70cl / 47.5%

Clynelish Distillery 1990 24 Year Old Special Bottling – 70cl / 47.5%

Bottled exclusively for Cadenhead’s London, only 228 bottles from the cask.

Nose: Mandarins, lemon thyme, sweet vanilla and juicy red apples.

Palate: White chocolate, orange bitters, pine needles and custard creams. Rich rounded palate lifts again with a hint of sweet sea breeze.

Finish: Crisp and zesty, touch of brown sugar, banana bread and more white chocolate. This is a great dram form the start to the finish.

Longrow from Springbank Distillery 18 Year Old - 70cl / 46%

Longrow from Springbank Distillery 18 Year Old – 70cl / 46%

Last chance to own the purple box

Nose: This whisky has an incredibly sweet nose with some savoury notes peeking through. Marshmallows in abundance – the vanilla variety, with icing sugar and foam bananas adding to the sweetness. Read more

Palate: This dram coats your palate in a waxy fashion with its continuing sweet flavours as described on the nose. But there is also the familiar, well balanced trace of smoke which makes… Read more

Finish: The creaminess of this whisky means it doesn’t go away – you feel the warmth of this Longrow all the way down to your boots, creamy, sweet with a gentle smoke finish.

Hazelburn Bond Reserve Sherry Cask from Springbank Distillery 8 Year Old - 70cl / 57.4%

Hazelburn Bond Reserve Sherry Cask from Springbank Distillery 8 Year Old – 70cl / 57.4%

One of the old Cadenhead’s Bond Reserve editions of Hazelburn only 290 bottles originally made.

Nose: Sweet fruity nose at first then some aromatic spiced chocolate.

Palate: Very rich across the palate with an abundance of sweet sherry tones lingering with a sweet coco taste and fresh tobacco leaves.

Finish: A long finish with a perfect balance of flavours that seem to linger from across the middle of the palate, warming sweetness once would expect from an older dram than this.

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #458 – Scotch Whisky News

ralfylarge having a history lesson with Whisky Review 458 – exploring a historic blended scotch

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